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MINUTES 



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TENNESSEE RIVER ASSOCIATION 



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MISSIONARY BAPTISTS 



HELD WITH 



BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 



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Bethel Church, Jackson County, Ala. 



October 21, 22, 23 and 24, 1892. 



OFFICERS. 



W. L. CRAWFORD, Moderator, 
L C. COULSON, Clerk, 
MILTON ROACH, Treasurer, 



Maynard's Cove, Ala. 

Scottsboro, Ala. 

Fackler, Ala. 



EXECUTIVE BOARD. • 

P. BROWN, E. J. D. KENNEDY, J, P. BRYANT, ISAAC MATHEWS, E. J, CARLILE 
J. B. HONEA, JOHN SANDERS, MIKE HILL, JOHN PETIT, SAM'L BOTLER 
J. B. CAMPBELL, W. T. ROBERTS, W. A. PIGG, W. B. CAMPBELif A A g! Y 
W. L. STEPHENS, J. J. CUNNINGHAM, W. J. WIGINGTON, J. J. BEESON 
^™ 8BELL ' GWBAIN ' B-E. JONES, ELI VINCENT, VIRGIL BOULDIV 
JOHN SMITH, J. T. EZELL, P. G r MANNING, W. A. SANDERS, J, H. COFFE? 



ORDER O F BUSI NESS. 

Friday, September 29, 1893. 

1. Annual Sermon. 

2. Call to Order. 

3. Bead Letters and note narm of Delegates. 

4. Election of Officers; Moder. tor, Clerk, and Treasurer. 

5. Petitionary Letters. 

6. Invite Correspondents anfl Visitors to Seats. 

7. Appointment of Special Committees. 

I Religious Service". 

II Obituaries. 

III Periodicals. 

IV Finance. 

V Appointment of new Joard. 
* VI Appointment of Stan ling Committees. 

Saturday, September 30, 1893. 

8. Select place of next meeting. 

9. Select Brothar to preach Annual Sermon and Alternate., 
10. Call for Reports ot Standing Committees in order. 

I Synopsis of Associational Letters— L. C.Coulson. 

AMSociational Missions— P. Brown, G T. Woraack and G.P.Bouldin. 
State Missions— J. J. Beeson, John G. Sanders and W. W. Roach. 
Home Missions— Virgil Bouldin. J. A. Dicus and W. T. Roberts. 
Foreign Missions— C. B. Roach, John Bouldin and J. L.Campbell. 
Ministerial Education— C. T. Starkey, G. P. Bouldin and M. V. 

fi)&vis 
Ministerial Belief— C. Howell, A. B. Womack and J. F Mcriarroll. 
Temperance— L. C. Coulson, W. T. Boherts and Jolin Sanders. 

October 1, 1893. 

Sunday School Work— W. T. Boberts, G. A. Beard and J. C. Stoner. 
Woman*' Work— Thula Roach, Elin Watt and P. C. Coulson. 
Denominational Education— J. M. Bledsoe, W. R. lvey and 

Virgil Bouldin. - 

October 2, 1892. 

Queries— John G. Sanders, L. J. Langston, P. Brown and A. B. 

WoiBftCK 

Bible and" Colportage W 7 ork— W, L. Crawford, P. Brown and 

A. B. Womack. 
Mission Work in the Association— C. B. Boach, C. T. Starkey 

and J. W. Isbell. 
Report of Executive Board; P. Brown, Chairman. 
Reports of Special Committees : 

I Religsous Services. 
II Obituaries. 
Ill Periodicals. 
I v Finance. 
_ V- Miscellaneous. 
VI Resolutions. 
VII Adjournment. 

It i B most earnestly desired that this Ofcler of Business be strictly followed, and 
that chair^n of theTa^ious committees send iu their reports at east ten days brfore the 
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INTRODUCTORY- 

The introductory service of the Association was introduced by 
singing No. 232 Baptist Psalmist. ' 

1.— U I love Thy Kingdom, Lord. 
The house,of Thine abode, 
The Church our blest Redeemer saved ' 

With His own precious blood." 
2.—"! love Thy Church, O! God; 

. Her walls before thee stand, 
■Dear as the apple of thine Eve, 
And graven on thy hand.*' 

John J. Beeson then read the 10th chapter of Romans. 
1-— Brethren, my hearts desire and praver to God for Israel is 
that they might be saved. 

2—For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not 
according to know ledge," etc 

The congregation then song No. 602, Baptist Hymnal. 

"Daughter of Zion, from the dust, 

Exalt thy fallen head; 
Again in thy Redeemer trust; *■ 

He calls the fi-om the dead" 

Prayer offered by John J. Beeson. ' 

Song by the congregation. No. 226, Baptist Psalmist. 

' ' 1.-^' Tis Religion that can give 

■ fl ?: Sweetest pleasure while we live; 
., , ,;Tis religion must supply 
-"■• ■'"■ Solid comfort when we die." 
t ; ; : 2.0-* After death its joys will be 
. . - i -.<■■ m ; - 'Lasting us eternity; ' 

Be the living God, mv friend, 

Then my bliss shall never end." 

John J. Beeson, who had been selected at the last Association 
for the purpose, proceeded to preach the introductory sermon at 11 
o clock a. m., and selected for his text: Matthew xxviii 19 "Go 
ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the Name of 
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 

He said in substance, "That the introductory sermon ouo-ht to 
outline the work of the Association. That the prime object of the 
churches and of the associations and conventions was to send out 
the gospel ; that men and women may be converted to the religion 
of the Lord Jesus Christ; that when men and women were con- 
verted, they were under obligation to work. There should be no 
lazy Christians, but each, in order to carry out the great commission 
our marching orders^-are go forward ; give the gospel, to all peoples, 
kindreds and tongues, in every land, and on every sea under the 



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canopy of Heaven. The command is GO, disciple the people in ail 
nations. This GO teach, means more out on the line of christian 
work, and this command to go is supported by the largest and strong- 
est scriptural injunctions. Mark xviii, 18: "Go ye, therefore, and 
teach all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father, and of 
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," etc. Lnke xxiv, 47 : -'And that 
repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name 
among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem, and 'many other 
scriptures were referred to in support of the doctrine GO^tc. ; that 
the Child of God was bought with a precious price, the precious 
blood shed, a voluntary purchase, and one that did not .have to be 
repurchased. A man might come and take the pi ace pf. , another 
under the law, and do so from a selfish motive, but Christ did so of 
free will, for no law had been violated by him. We chilm to be 
orthodox, but are we making this claim manifest? is the question 
for us to answer. Is this commission binding on us now, if so, 
then we must proceed to carry out our orderg, go forward, for this 
sin we are here in the midst of these cloud-capped, rock-ribbed 
mountain fastnesses. The fearful responsibility is upon us, and I 
urge, that like good soldiers, we do our duty. Are we doing our 
whole duty in the great work assigned us? You can alone answer. 
I urge especially more earnest work by my brother ministers. Go 
preach more ; be more faithful in your work. I know- we do not 
have as many people in church as ought to be there on Sundays, 
but the way to get others there is to be more earnest in our work for 
Christ's sake. Our hearts are not in this work as they should be, 
for the reason that we have not put as much money into our work as 
we should. We are cold because of unfaithfulness to do our whole 
duty. We need to be more in touching sympathy with our Boards 
uy giving of our means. Our missionaries in Africa, Japan, China, 
Italy, Mexico and elsewhere are appealing to us for help fn the way 
of consecrated men and women, and means. I therefore appeal to 
you to come up and help in this great work that you ijifeiy wear a 
crOwn. May the God of Missions help you to see yo$|<duty, and 
having seen, to perform it with all your might. 

Crawford Howell closed with a few pertinent and forcible sug- 
gestions, when a recess of ten minutes was taken, and during which 
time manv warm greetings were enjoyed. 

At 1* o'clock p. m., Friday, October 21, 1892, the Association 
was called to order by P. Brown, Moderator, when the following 
song was sung by the Association, No. 232, Baptist Psalmist : 

U I love. thy Kingdom, Lord, 

The house of thine abode, 
The church our blest Redeemer saved, 

With his own precious blood." 

After which the Assaciation was led in prayer by W. L. Crawford. 
The Moderator called for the letters sent by the various 
•hurches, and appointed C. B. Roach and J. J. Beeson to read the 
letters, and directed the clerk to note names and number of messen- 
gers present, when the following churches responded : 






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1. Antioch 2— J. F. McCarroll and, P. W. Clendenan. 

2. Beech Grove 1—E. J. D. Kenned v. 

3. Bethel 4— John Bryant, G. W. Whatlev, James W. Mathews 
and Geo. T. Womack. 

4. Centennial 2— W. M. Chandler, W. T. Knight. 
Cave Springs £— Albert Austin, Augustus Sentell. 
Charity 2—W. M. Cagle, A. J. Perrv. 
Cumberland Mountain 2— John Sanders, M. V. Davis. 
Center Point 4—3.. A. Dicus, J. R. McLendon, W. O. Thorp 

and Mike Hill. v 

9. Freedom ^—Samuel Butler, John Bouldin, G. P. Bouldin 
and E. A. McCul lough. 

w 12: Friendships— Judson Barber. Milton Roach, A. B. Womack, 
W. W. Roach, J. H. Roach and J. B. Campbell. 
LI. Gurley 2— J. B. Burk, J. N. Roberts. 

Harmony 2— John G. Sanders, J. B. Campbell. 

Hale's Cove 2— J. J. Perry, J. Hickman. 

Harris Chapel 1—h. J. Langston. 

Jones' Cove 3—W. B. Wheeler, J. C. Stoner, James A. Gav. 

Larkinville 1—W. L. Stephens. 

Mountain Grove 1 — E. B. Jones. 

ML JVebo 3 James A. Beeson, J. J. Cunningham and W. H. 
Williamson. 

19. ML Zion 3—W. J. 
Morris. 

ML Pisgah 2—B. F. Echols, Geo. Ambrester. 

21. Mt, Ararat — [Not represented. 

22. ML Tabor— Letter asking dismission. * 

23. McCoy's Grove 2—8. F. Martin, W. H. Allen. 

r, %!?\, NeW H ° pe ^— Eli Vince »n C. J. Knight, J. F. Terrvand 
tr. M. Rorex. 

25. Scottsboro 3— Virgil Bouldin, Rily Garland and W. A. 
Coffey. 

26. Trenton 2—h. E. Smith, J. A. Flanagan. 

27. Union — Letter, but no delegate. 

28. Ebenezer, Ga. — Not represented. 

29. Tunnel Hill, Ga.—TSot represented. 

Delegates sent by churches, 60. Ministerial delegates, by virtue 
of their ordination P. Brown, J. J. Beeson, L. C. Coulson, W. L. 
Crawford, D. S. Collins, Crawford Howell, Ralph Howell R M 
Higginbotham, C. B. Roach and C. T. Starky, 10. Total Dele- 
gates, 70. 

Election of officers for the ensuing year— Moderator, Clerk and 
Treasurer. 

The Moderator feelingly referred to his long service asModra- 
tor and Clerk at various times, and kindly asked the delegates not 
to consider hi* name for moderator. He mentioned the kindlv re- 
lationship he had experienced 'as presiding officer, and that thes« 



Wigington, Silas Morris and C. W. 



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would be kept by him as treasury trove in his declining and fast 
fading years. 

The Moderator requested J. E. Herring and S. M.Gupton to act 
as tellers to receive the ballots, canvass the vote and declare the re- 
sult. The tellers declared that W. L. Crawford had been elected 
Moderator, andL. C. Coulson re-elected clerk for the tenth time, and 
thanked the Association for confidence reposed in him, and asked 
the assistance of the delegates to help him get out the best minute 
possible. 

On motion of A. B. Womack, supported by R. Howell, Milton 
Roach was re-elected Treasurer. 

5. Petitionary letters called for, when W. A. Sanders came for- 
ward and presented a letter from "Shipp, of Zion Church," asking 
to become a member of the Association, and that her delegates, W. 
A. Sanders and John Tipton, be recognized if found worthy, pledg- 
ing to abide by the faith of the Association. On motion of P. 
Brown, supported by J. H. Roach, said delegates received and in- 
vited to seats, and then came forward James Coffey and presented 
the letter of "Holly Springs" Church, asking for membership in this 
Association by letter and delegate. On motion of P. Brown, sup- 
ported by J. H. Roach, church received and delegate seated, there- 
upon the Moderator, ex miero motu extended the right hand of fel- 
lowship to t>h« delegates from said churches, bidding them welcome 
to our midst>: • 

6. The Moderator invited correspondents and visitors to seats 
with the delegates, when H. H. Bridges and A. J. Loyd, correspond- 
ents from Mt. Carmel Association, Ala.; J. E. Herring, of the Bible 
and Colportage Board, Opelika, Ala.; S. M. Gupton and J. T. Wo- 
mack, First Baptis* Church, South Pittsburg, Tenn., were recognized 
and came forward. 

On motion of Virgil Bouldin, supported by C. T. Starfcey, the 
regular order of business was suspended for the purpose of allow- 
ing Virgil Bouldin to introduce the following preamble and resolu- 
tion. Adopted : 

Whereas, The growing interest in Bible and Colportage work 
has assumed such proportions as to demand more earnest and careful 
attention by our people, therefore, 

Resolved, That there be added to the list of standing Com- 
mittees of the Association a Committee on ''Bible and Colportage 
Work ;" that a committee of three nOw be appointed to report on 
such work at morning session tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock a. m., 
and that J. E. Herring be requested to address the Associatson on 
said report. On motion of W. K. Ivey, supported by P. Brown, 
adopted, and the Moderator appointed on said committee, Virgil 
Bouldin, C. B. Roach and J. J. Beeson, thereupon the Moderator re- 
sumed the regular order of business. 

7. Appointment of special committees : 



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On Religious Services— Pastor of Bethel Church, J. J. Beeson 
and the Deacons of said Church. 

On Obituaries— Milton Roach and S. R. Corn. 

On Periodicals— W. R. Ivey and P. Brown. 

On Finance — Milton Roach and W. J. Wigington. 

J. J. Beeson, Chairman of Committee on Religious Services, 
submitted the following report : 

J. E. Herring will preach Friday night at Bethel Church and 
8. M. Gupton Saturday at 11 o'clock a. m., for the Association. 

Respectful ly submitted, " 

J. J. Beeson, Chairman. 

On motion of P. Brown, supported by John Bouldin, the 
Association adjourned at 4:15 o'clock p. m.to meet at 9 o'clock a. m. 
tomorrow morning. Benediction by S. M. Gup* ton, of South Pitts- 
burg, Tennessee. 

Saturday, October 22, 1892. 
The Association met at 9 o'clock a. m. accordidgto adjournment, 
and sung No. 231, Southern Psalmist. 

I.— "Children of the Heavenly King, 
As ye journey, sweetly sing; 
Sing your Savior's worthy praise, 
i Glorious in His works and ways." 

After which the Association was led in prayer by J. J. Beeson. 
The business resumed, the Moderator appointed the following new 
Executive Board, being one from each church in the Association : 
Antioch, P. Brown ; Beech Grove, E. J. D. Kennedy ; Bethel, J. P. 
Bryant.; Cave Spring, Isaac Mathews; Centennial, E. J. Carlile. 
Charity, J. B. Honea ; Cumberland Mountain, John Sanders ; Center 
Point, Mike Hill; Ebenezer, Join Petit; Freedom, Sam Butler; 
. Friendship, M. Roach; Gurley, W.T.Roberts; Hale's Cove, TV. A. 
Pigg; Harmony, W. B. Campbell ; Jones' Cove, A. A. Gay ; Larkin- 
ville, W. L. Stephens ; Mt. Nebo, J. J. Cunningham ; MtZion, W.J. 
Wigington ; Mt. Pisgah, J. J. Beeson ; McGoy's Grove, G. W Bain ; 
Mountain Grove, B. E. Jones ; New Hope, Eli Vincent ; Scottsboro, 
Virgil Bouldin ; Trenton, John Smith ; Union, George Ezell ; Holly 
Springs, James Coffey ; Mt. Ararat, J. W. Isbell, and Shipp of Zion, 
W. A. Sanders. 

Standing Committees For the Year 1892-93. 

1. Associational Letters — L. C. Coulson. 

2. Associational Missions — P. Brown, G. T. Womack and G. P. 
Bouldin. 

3. State Missions — J. J. Beeson, John G. Sanders and W. W. 
Roach. 

4. Home Missions— Virgil Bouldin, J. A. Dicus and W. T. 
Roberts, 



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5. Foreign Missions — C. B. Roach, John Bouldin and J. E. 
Campbell. 

6. Ministerial Education — C. T. Starkey, G. P. Bouldin and 
M. V. Davis. 

7. Ministerial Relief— C. Howell. A. B. Womack and J. F. 

MoC-IIToH. 

8. Temperance — L. C. Coulson, W. T. Roberts and John 
Sunder*. 

9.— Sunday School Work— W. T.Roberts, G. A. Beard and J. C. 
Stoner. 

JO. Woman's Work — Thula Roach, P. C. Coulspn and Elia Watt. 

11. Denominational Education — -J. M. Bledsoe, W. R. Ivey 
and Virgil Bouldin. 

12. Queries — John,G. Sanders, L. J. Langston and J. B. Campbll. 

13. Bible and Colportage Work— W. L. Crawford, A. B. Wo- 
mack and P. Brown. '- 

8. The Association proceeded to select the place of next meet- 
ing by ballot, and H. H. Bridges and A. J. Loyd were appointed 
tellers to receive and count the ballot. Guriey and Freedom 
Churches were placed in nomination, and short speeches made by 
the friends of the two places. When the vote was taken and 
counred, Guriey was selected as the next place of meeting. 

9. The next order of business was the selection of a preacher 
to preach the introductory sermon next year. H. H. Bridges and 
A. J. Loyd weir appointed as tellers, who proceeded to collect and 
count the ball >t. Said ballot resulted in the election of W. I* 
Crawford to prt ich the introductory sermon, and Crawford Howell, 
alternate. ' 

10. The M derator proceeded to* call for the reports from the 
Standing Comra i tees in their order. 

First. Report on Associationol Letters. Report read by Chair- 
man, and on motion of P. Brown, supported by J. J. Beeson, adopt- 
ed. Appendix - v.. 

The hour ot 10 o'clock a. m. having arrived, the special order 
for that hour boing the report on "Bible and Colporterage Work." 
Report called for and read by Virgil Bouldin, Chairman, and motion 
to adopt the report made by P. Brown, supported by D. S. Collins. 
Itwas discussed by J. B. Herring, who gave to the Association much 
valuable information regarding the work done under the direction 
of this Board of the Alabama State Convention, and of the good re- 
sults that were being realized therefrom. That much and lasting 
good would be the outcome of this work. (Come again, Bro. H«r- 
ring.) Report adopted. . Appendix B. 

The hour of 11 o'clock a. m. having arrived, the Association 
took a recess until 2 o'clock p. m. for preaching and recreation. 

S. M. Gupton, who had been appointed to preach at this hour, 
read, as an introductory, the 3d chapter of 2d Peter. , After reading, 
led the congregation in prayer. The congregation joined in sing, 
ing No. 228 Southern Psalmist, 




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"How Arm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, 
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word ! 

What more can he say than to yon he hath said? 
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled.'' 

Scripture text, 2d Peter, iii, 1, 2 : 

1. "This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you ; in both 
which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance." 

2. "That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken 
before by the holy prophets, and of the commandments of us the 
apostles of the Lord and Savior," 

The preacher said, in substance, as follows: "No higher duty 
was ever placed upon man, or assumed by him, or to which he has 
been called, than that of preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, and when I say preaching the gospel, I mean a lull, round, 
complete gospel. Give it all to dying men and women. We want 
no garbled, sickly, sentimental preaching, but that kind of preach- 
ing that saves souls. We need more of Paul's preaching, as stated 
in Acts, 20, 26, 27 : -Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I 
am pure from the blood of all men.' 27. 'For I Have not shunned 
to declare unto you all the counsel of God.' This should, yes, must 
be our guide in preaching the gospel, a whole gospel. We want no 
liberalism; no garbling, and no twisting the scriptures, but the 
whole word of truth, just as given by inspiration. I propose, breth- 
ren to stir up your pure minds, to awaken you to God's calls. God 
never saved souls except by design, and that design is to call workers 
into the vineyard for work. It is true that preaching salvation 
by grace is God given, but our duty does not stop here ; we must go 
further and preach the development of the people, lifting them up 
to a higher life and higher possibilities. The doctrine of mis- 
sions, properly taught, is one of the best agencies for this develop- 
ment. In preaching, we sometimes shoot too high and fail to hit, 
and no game is the result. Missions and mission work is as old as 
the Bible. Read the Genises, xii, 3 : "And I will bless them that 
bless thee; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blest" 
Also read. Genises, 22d chapter. This is not all ; Christ was a for- 
eign missionary, as he came to earth to preach his own gospel, and 
he taught missions. Acts, i, 8 : "But ye shall receive power, after 
that the Holy Ghost is come upon you ; and ye shall be witnesses 
unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and 
to the uttermost parts of the earth." Mark, xvi, 15 : "Go ye, into all 
the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Here is our 
marching orders : "GO teach," etc. We, as Baptists, claim to teach 
the truth, and this truth commands us to go teach all nations. Our 
obligation is to aid, if we cannot go, bv our means to send the 
gospel. 

Association reassembled at 2 o'clock p. m. and proceeded with 
regular order of business. 

The church, Mt. Tabor, having requested a letter of dismission, 
in order to Join an Association more convenient, on motion pf J. J. 









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5. Foreign Missions — C. B. Roach, John Bouldin and J. E. 
Campbell. 

6. Ministerial Education — C. T. Starkey, G. P. Bouldin and 
M. V. Davis. 

7. Ministerial Relief — C. Howell. A. B. Woniack and J. F. 
MrCnrroll. 

8. Temperance — L. C. Coulson, W. T. Roberts and John 
Sunders. 

9.— Sunday School Work— W. T.Roberts, G. A. Beard and J. C. 
Stoner. 

10. Woman's Work— Thula Roach, P. C. Coulspn and Elia Watt. 

11. Denominational Education — J. M. Bledsoe, W. R. Ivey 
and Virgil Bouldin. 

12. Queries — John,G. Sanders, L. J. Langston and J. B. Campbll. 

13. Bible and Colportage Work— W. L. Crawford, A. B. Wo- 
mack and P. Brown. % 

8. The Association proceeded to select the place of next meet- 
ing by ballot, and ,H. H, Bridges and A. J. Loyd were appointed 

tellers to receive and count the ballot. Gurley and Freedom 
Churches were placed in nomination, and short speeches made by 
the friends of the two places. When the vote was taken and 
counted, Gurley was selected as the next place of meeting. 

9. The next order of business was the selection of a preacher 
to preach the introductory sermon next year. H. H. Bridges and 
A. J. Loyd were appointed as tellers, who proceeded to collect and 
count the ballot. Said ballot resulted in the election of W. L. 
Crawford to preach the introductory sermon, and Crawford Howell, 
alternate. ' 

10. The Moderator proceeded to' call for the reports from the 
Standing Committees in their order. 

First. Report on Association^ Letters. Report read by Chair- 
man, and on motion of P. Brown, supported by J. J. Beeson, adopt- 
ed. Appendix A. 

The hour of 10 o'clock a. m. having arrived, the special order 
for that hour being the re*port on "Bible and Colporterage Work." 
Report called for and read by Virgil Bouldin, Chairman, and motion 
to adopt the report made by P. Brown, supported by D. S. Collins. 
Itwas discussed by J. B. Herring, who gave to the Association much 
valuable information regarding the work done under the direction 
of this Board of the Alabama State Convention, and of the good re- 
sults that were being realized therefrom. That much and lasting 
good would be the outcome of this work. (Come again, Bro. Her- 
ring.) Report adopted. . Appendix B. 

The hour of 11 o'clock a. m. having arrived, the Association 
took a recess until 2 o'clock p. m. for preaching and recreation. 

S. M. Gupton, who had been appointed to preach at this hour, 
read, as an introductory, the 3d chapter of 2d Peter. After reading, 
led the congregation in prayer. The congregation joined in sing, 
ing No. 228 Southern Psalmist, 



— 9 — 

"How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, 
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word ! 

What more can he say than to you he hath said? 
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled." 

Scripiure text, 2d Peter, iii, 1, 2 : 

1. "This second epistle, beloved, I now write nnto yon ; in both 
which I stir up your pure minds by wav of remembrance." 

2. "That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken 
before by the holy prophets, and of the commandments of us the 
apostles of the Lord and Savior," 

The preacher said, in substance, as follows: "No higher 3uty 
was ever placed upon man, or assumed by him, or to which he has 
been called, than that of preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, and when I say preaching the gospel, I mean a lull, round, 
complete gospel. Give it all to dying men and women. We want 
no garbled, sickly, sentimental preaching, but that kind of preach- 
ing that saves souls. We need more of Paul's preaching, as stated 
in Acts, 20, 26, 27 : -Wherefore I take you to record this day, tbat I 
am pure from the blood of all men.' 27. 'For I Have not shunned 
to declare unto you all the counsel of God.' This should, yes, must 
be our guide in preaching the gospel, a whole gospel. We want no 
liberalism; no garbling, and no twisting the scriptures, but the 
whole word of truth, just as given by inspiration. I propose, breth- 
ren to stir up your pure minds, to awaken you to God's calls. God 
never saved souls except by design, and that design is to call workers 
into the vineyard for work. It is true that preaching salvation 
by grace is God given, but our duty does not stop here ; we must go 
further and preach the development of the people, lifting them up 
to a higher life and higher possibilities. The doctrine of mis- 
sions, properly taught, is one of the best agencies for this develop- 
ment. In preaching, we sometimes shoot too high and fail to hit, 
and no game is the result Missions and mission work is as old as 
the Bible. Read the Genises, xii, 3 : "And I will bless them that 
bless thee ; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blest " 
Also read. Genises, 22d chapter. This is not all ; Christ was a for- 
eign missionary, as he came to earth to preach his own gospel and 
he taught missions. Acts, i, 8 : "But ye shall receive power, after 
that the Holy Ghost is come upon you ; and ye shall be witnesses 
unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and 
to the uttermost parts of the earth." Mark, xvi, 15 : "Go ye, into all 
the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Here is our 
marching orders : "GO teach," etc. We, as Baptists, claim to teach 
the truth, and this truth commands us to go teach all nations. Our 
obligation is to aid, if we cannot go, by our means to send the 
gospel. 

Association reassembled at 2 o'clock p. m. and proceeded with 
regular order of business. 

The church, Mt. Tabor, having requested a letter of dismission 
in order to Join an Association more convenient, on motion Qf J. /. 



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Beeson, supported bv R. Howell, her request was therefore granted. 

Report on Associational Missions read by J. J. Beeson, and on 
motion of Mike Hill, supported by Virgil Bouldin, to adopt, the re- 
port, it was discussed by L. C. Coulson, J. J, Beeson, C. Howell and 
P. Borwn. Adopted. Appendix C. 

Report on State Missions read by Virgil Bouldin, and on motion 
of Samuel Butler, supported bv W. A. Sanders, to adopt, was dis- 
cussed by W. R. Ivey, S. M. Gupton, J. E. Herring, V. Bouldin and 
J. J. Beeson, when the report and resolutions were adopted. Appen- 
dix D. 

Report on Home Missions read, and on motion of A. B. Womack, 
supported by B. E. Jones, to adopt, discussed by J. H. Roach, V. 
Bouldin and J. J. Beeson. and adopted. Appendix E. 

Report on Foreign Missions read by W. R. Ivey, and on motion 
of Samuel Butler, supported by W. A. Sanders, to adopt, was dis- 
cussed by W. R. Ivey, 8. M. Gupton, J. E. Herring and Virgil Boul- 
din. Adopted. Appendix F. 

On motion ot C. Howell, the regular order is suspended in order 
to go into an election for a preacher to conduct service at 11 o'clock 
a. m. Sunday. The ballot resulted ia the election of W.J*. Ivey, to 
preach at 11 a. m„ and C. Howell at 7:30 o'clook p. mu Sunday 
night. 

On motion of W. R. Ivey, Supported by R. Howell, at 3:30 
o'clock p. m. the Association adjourned until 9 o'clock a. m. Sunday 
morning. 

The Chairman of Religious Exercises announced preaching for 
Saturdav night as follows: Harmony. R, Howell; Johnsontown, 
L. J.Langston at C.J. Knight, Mike Hill, and H.H. Bridges at Bethel. 

Benediction bv P. Brown. 

Sunday, October 23, 1892. 

Association met at 9 o'clock a. m. according to adjournment. 
Devotional exercises conducted by Crawford Howell, when the work 
of the Association was resumed. 

Report on Ministerial Education read by C. T. Starkey. On 
motion of Milton Roach, supported by V. Bouldin, discussed by 
C. T. Starkey, J- J. Beeson, D. S. Collins and L.C. Coulson. Adopted. 
Appendix G. 

Report on Ministerial Relief read by R. Howell, and on motion 
of A. B. Womack, supported by J. J. Beeson, adopted. Appendix H. 

The hour of 11 o'clock a. m. having arrived, on motion of J. J. 
Beeson, supported by A. B. Womack, a recess was taken until 2 
o'clock p. m. for preaching. 

Service was introduced by singing No. 222, Gospel Hymns No. 5. 

"Jesus, lover of my soul, 

Let me to thy Tboaom fly ; 
While the nearer waters roll, 

While the tempest still is high; 
Hide me. Oh, my Savior, hide, 

Till the storm of life is past ; 
Safe into thy haven guide. 

Oh, receive my soul at last," 






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W.R.Ivey then read 2d Thessalonians, iii chapter, and led the 
congregation m prayer, when the congregation joined in sin-ing 
one verse of No. 177, Gospel Hymns No! 5 fei n ing 

Savior, more than life to me, 

T /» m clinging, clinging close to thee; 

Let thy precious blood applied, 

Keep me ever, ever near thy side." 
Rkf k ain.— "Every day, every hour. 

Let me feel thy cleansing power: 
May thy tender love to me, 

Bind me closer, closer Lord, to thee ' 

isted disturbances in the church at Thessalonica, becanse of b Sv 
bodies going abou-t intermeddling with the business 5 otters It 
was then, as now, persons in every church who made thpm«2w!l *£ 

h-n^ r ^' f ,°H ther r p,e,S bU8ine V; those no? ^S^ZSSiS 
hindered others ; hence, Paul's rebuke to those idlers We must 
work, go forward not being satisfied with what we have d™« 
Ihere is no time for rest in this life ; eternity is giZl for res? in 

v!ZZ\ mU8t t0i1 ,' that the re9t that remains »»!y S ^the swee'ter 
Earnest .men and women can do a great work as thev Z f«fm 

place to place if-in no other way, by scatterin^/el^ous ifemture 
as they go. God never made a christian to dream Ms or her Hfe 
away in novel reading, but made them such to work. It °s also de 
plorab e how timid some church people are about church work" 
when in politics or business they can be heard louder than anv one 
else. Many have their names or, church books w^ are devoid of 
principle These should not be there, as they are hYn^de'ln Clause/ 
Saved firsfeund work follows. We must care for those w "are ££ 
pies, cripples in mind as well as body; helpless and sick we mZ 
he^p them by our prayers and by our means. The heathens are bhnd 
and do not know the right. They are engaged in the w^rk of the 
devil, and we must reach them by our missionaries, so we must no? 
get weary m well doing. Christians must be careful to do the?r 
whole duty. One alone can't do much, but bv goino forward he 
may induce others to follow, just as the little aliejory^of thTclouI 
and parched earth. At some time during the agVthe earth was 
•offering from a severe and protracted drought. Everv thin, was 
parched and crisp so that all the earth was crying for moisturl Tnd 
rain A little waif of a cloud was floating leisurely alonTSriftK* 
aimlessly when suddenly it heard the earth's groaning! bet *e7fl*?l? 
said I will need all the moisture I have, and^hen I f m such a tfnv 
bit of cloud, that if spread out over only a small soace T7onM ™* 
water the earth The earnest appeals of the ear ^grew more and 
more intense, until at last the little heart of the cloud was touched 
and its emotions aroused, so that suddenlv one little peariv dron 
slipped away and went with lightning speed to earth ; then anothe? 



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and another, until soon all the clouds began to touch each otketk 
sympathy for what seemed the forlorn mission of the Pearly drop 
that had ventured out en its mission of love and other drops began 
to fall in the same direction, until the whole heavens were dark 
with clouds, and the rains came down in torrents, and the earth* 
mourning was turned into rejoicing. So when Cary sat at his €ob- 
bier's bench, and pegged away, listening to the parched Heathen 
cry, his great, trembling, christian heart, moved upon by a power 
that he did not understand, went as the first drop into a pilgrim 
mission field. Others caught the inspiration, and now thousands in 
China Italv, Jaoan, Mexico, and other fields, are rejoicing in the 
ii«ht of a Saviour's love. May God, by His holy spirit, help us to 
do more in the years to come along these lines than we have ever 

done in the years that are past." 

At the conclusion of the sermon a collection was taken up and 
the sum of $28.13 realized. . 

At 2 o'clock p. m. the Association was called to order by P. 
Brown, Moderator pro tern, and the regular order of business pro- 

Cee Report on Sunday school work called for, and read by- J. J. 
Beesonf on motion of W .R. Ivey to adopt, supported by Virgil Boul- 
din, discussed by J. J. Beeson, V. Bouldin, L. C. Coulson and J. H. 
Roach, and adopted. Appendix I. ^uL* 

Report on Denominational Education (on suspension of the 
regular order,) read by Virgil Bouldin, and on motion to adopt by 
J. J. Beeson, supported by W. R. Ivey, it was discussed by V. Bod- 
din and then on motion of V. Bouldin, supported by W. R. Ivey, 
the report was made the special order for 10 o'clock a. m. tomorrow 
morning. Adopted, and made special order for that hour. _ 

On motion of P. Brown, supported by B. E. Jones, D. 8. Covins 
was granted leave of absence on account of his child getting its 

arm broken. ■, ■, 

3:30 o'clock p. m.— On motion of P. Brown, supported by 
Rodman Deavers, the Association adjourned until 9 o clock a. m. 

tomorrow morning. „, _ . . a . ^ QQft 

Monday Morning, October 24, 1892. 

The Association met at 9 oclock a. m. pursuant to^adjournment. 

Report on Temperance called for, and read by G. P. Bouldin, 
and on motion of J. H. Roach, supported by W.R. Ivey, to adopt, 
discussed by G. P. Bouldin, C. T. Starkey, A. P. Womack, S. Butler, 
W. R. Ivey, P. Brown, R. M. Higingbotham and L. J. Langston. 
Adopted. Appendix J. " rf ' 'J^O-- «~- 

The hour of 10 o'clock a. m. being the hour for the further dis- 
cussion of the Report on Christian Education, it was further dis- 
cussed by J. J. Beeson, Samuel Butler and W. R. Ivey, and adopted. 

APP Report on Woman's Work read by the clerk, and on motion of 
W, T. Roberts, supported by W. R. Ivey, adopted. Appendix L. 

Report on Mission Work read by L. C. Coulson, and on motion 



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of J. J. Beeson, supported by Milton Roach, adopted. Appendix M. 

No Queries haying been sent up, the Committee had nothing to 
report. 

Report on Obituaries read by M. Roach, and on motion of W. 

B. Ivey, supported by W. J. Wigington, adopted. Appendix N. 

Report on Periodicals read by W. R. Ivey, and on motion of 
Samuel Butler, supported by C. T. Starkey, discussed by W. R.Ivey, 

C. B. Roach, L. C. Coulson and J. J. Beeson, adopted. Appendix O. 

(This report was adopted over the protest of L. C. Coulson, be- 
cause it discriminates between the Sunday School literature of the 
American Baptist Publishing Society and Kind Words, while the 
Bible and Col portage Board are using both.) 

Report of the Committee on Finance read by M. Roach, and on 
motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by J. A. Dicus, adopted. Appen- 
dix P. 

Report of the Treasurer read by M. Roach, and on motion of P. 
Brown, supported by C. T. Starkey, adopted. Appendix Q. 

On motion of L. C. Coulson, supported by D. S. Collins, J. H. 
Roach was appointed by the Moderator to make a special report on 
the death of ministers, and now comes the said J. H. Roach and 
submits his report thereon, which was read by him, and on motion 
of P. Brown, supported by R. Deavers, adopted. Appendix R. 



MISCELLANEOUS. 

On motion of P. Brown, supported by W. R. Ivey, it is ordered 
that the Association meet on Friday, after the fourth Sunday in 
September, instead of on Friday, before the fourth Sunday in 
October. 

On motion of W. R. Ivey, supported by J. J. Beeson, P. Brown 
and L. C. Coulson were elected as delegates to the Southern Baptist 
Convention, which meets in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, before 
the second Sunday in May, 1893. 

On motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by C. Howell, W. R. Ivey, 
C. B. Roach and W. A. Coffey, alternate, were elected as delegates to 
the Alabama Baptist Convention, which meets in Anniston, Novem- 
ber 22, 1892. 

On motion of P. Brown, supported by J. H. Roach, that any 
member of our body, who is a member of any one of the churches, 
visiting any sister Association, is authorized to act as fraternal mes- 
senger from this body. 

RESOLUTIONS. 

On motion of L. C. Coulson, supported by W. R. Ivey, the fol- 
lowing resolution was adopted unanimously : 

Resolved, That for the good of the cause and our educational interests, 
the Baptists of the Tennessee River Association request that the Alabama 






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Baptist convention meet with Scottsbroo Baptist Church in 1893, and we 
pledge that body a warm reception and generous entertainment. 

On motion of W. R. Ivey, supported by J. J. Beeson, the follow- 
ing resolution was adopted : 

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Resolved, That the Treasurer of this Association be, and he is hereby 
authorized, to pay to the clerk ten dollars for superintending the publication 
of the minutes, out of the amount collected on Sunday. 

The following resolution was offered by John H. Roach, and 
on his motion, su ported by P. Brown : 

Resolved, That we indorse and give aid and support to our colored breth- 
ren in their efforts to build up a school, by which they may better their 
condition. 

Note by the clerk : I regret very much that the ministers who 
preached during the Association, failed to hand in their texts and 
place where they preached, so that I could have made a note of the 
fact in the minutes. I got only four, when I should have had eight 
or ten. C, Howell preached Sunday night at Bethel, from thjs 
scripture. Isiah, lxiii, 10 : "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, 
and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe 
Me and understand that I am he ; before me there was no God 
formed ; neither shall there be after me." 

The following resolution was offered by W. R. Ivey and 
adopted : 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body be tendered to the good neople of 
this church and community, for the hospitable manner in which they have 
entertained us while here. 

2. .Resolved, That the thanks of this body be tendered our Moderator 
and clerk for the efficient work done during the sitting of this body. 

The clerk requests that the chairman of each committee will 
prepare their reports and send him a copy thereof at least one month 
before the meeting of the Association, also please send a list of the 
names of the delegates appointed, together with a copy of the church 
letter. This will greatly facilitate the work of the Association, and 
aid the clerk in his work. 

On motion of L. C. Coulson, supported by W. R. Ivy, the fol- 
lowing resolution \>as adopted : 

Resolved, That this Association do now adjourn, to meet with Gurley 
Church, Madison Couniy, Alabama, on Friday, after the fourth Sundav in 
September, 1893. 

The place of meeting is on the line of the Memphis and Charles- 
ton Railroad, and we hope to see a large delegation there. 
The old accustomed hymn, 

"How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, 
Is laid tor your faith in his excellent word ! 

What more can he say than to you he has said? 
You, who unto Jesuit tor refuge have fled." 









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ZT a i»2 g ' aDd thG Pf 1 ** 11 * hand S^en, after which the Association 
was led m prayer by C. B. Koach. Benediction bv P. Brown bv re- 
quest of the Moderator, and the Assaciation stood adjourned sine die 

L. C. Coulson, Clerk. W ' h ' Cbawford > Moderator. 



ORDAINED MINISTERS OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER ASSOCIATION AND THEIR 

P08TOFFICE ADDRESS. 



Crawford, W. L„ Maynard's Cove, Ala. 
Coulson, L. C„ Clerk, Scottsboro, Ala. 
Brown, Preston, Hollywood, Ala. 
Beeson, John J., Pisgah, Ala. 
Bain, George W., Fabius, Ala. 
Chandler, J. E., Stevenson, Ala. 
Collins, D. S., Narrows, Ala. 
Howell, Crawford, Francisco, Ala. 
Howell, Ralph, Stevenson, Ala. 
Higihgbotham, R. M, Holly wood, Ala. 
Hastings, G. M„ Larkinville. 
Ivey, W. R., Scottsboro, Ala. 
Isbell, J. W^Limrock, Ala. 



Isbell, Miller, Linirock, Ala. 
Jacks, Ta, EsteU's Fork, Ala. 
Jones, J. lu, Paint Rock, Ala. 
Knight, J. I*, Coffey's Store, Ala. 
Langston, L. J, Long Island, Ala. 
McLoud, James, Pisgah, Ala. 
Manning, P. G , Whiteside's. Tenn. 
Morris, G. W„ Kirby Creek, Ala, 
Pig&i W. A„ Paint Rock, Ala. 
Roach, C. B, Scottsboro, Ala. 
Sloan, L. W., Gurley, Ala. 
Starkey, C. T., Pisgah,, Ala. 
Woodall, L. W, Gurley, Ala. 



and ylt re onTy e ten^^^ 

sixteen who come, a few of them £So&£?^ h%5^ 
desired that each one of yon attend the next Association W 2 
to see you all there, and if any one or more of them will write me 
^i 1 n me T be -n re ^ e A ! 80cia «on and say that he can't gTfor wurtof 

3« »'« 7 BG f 8Uch u one a P a «« over the railroad, so°that you win 
hare no excuse for not being there. y 

L. C. Coulson, Clerk. 









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APPENDIXES. 



BEPOBT ON CHUKCH LETTERS. 

' Your Committee, to whom was referred the letters for a synop- 
tical report, from the different churches, submits the following : 

Antioch.— This church has done reasonably during the year. 
They have made some progress in the erection of a house of wor- 
ship, and even had regular preaching. They report no contribu- 
tions far missions or other general church work. C. B. Roach has 
been their supply for the past year, 1892. 

Beech Grove.— This church is in a cold state, although the 
pastor and a few of the brethren tried hard to get up an interest in 
the church. They have lost nine members. C. Howell is pastor. 

Bethel.— This church greeted the Association warmly, but has 
done nothing of note during the year. They have lost six members, 
lettered off to Antioch. J. J. Beeson is pastor. 

Centennial.— This church seems to have been doing very well, 
but the discrepency in her membeship now and a year ago, is re- 
markable. R. Howell has served this church faithfully the past 

Cave Springs.— This church seems to have gotten their mem- 
bership mixed. Thev now have forty-five members, when last year 
they had thirty-eight. The members of the church can figure out 
the discrepencv. This church can't complain, as they have done 
reasonably well. Pastor R. Howell has served the church 

faithfully. . '. _ , , . . . 

Charity.— This church has not held its own, but is trying to 
get on a higher road of life. Their pastor should have attended the 
Association, because he is a stranger. Like others, contribute 

Cumberland Mountain.— This church has not been doing much. 
They appear to be luke warm, not having had much preaching this 
year They do not appear to be working very well, but ask the 
prayers of Christians. Henry Knight is their pastor or supply. No 
contributions are reported. # 

Center Point.— This church appears, from its letter, to be loos- 
ing ground. They should not allow this, but lead out, it being one 
of the oldest churches in the Association. It has done nothing for 
missions or for other work'. C. B. Roach is the pastor. 

Freedom.— This church has done well this year. She has gath- 
ered in forty-four members during the past year, and has been at 
work in a way that has secured rich blessings to our people, and 



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especially to the brethren of that church. W. R. Ivey, as pastor, 
has done his part well, hence the fund. 

Friendship.— This cnurch has, under the leadership of J. J. 
Beeson as pastor, done a good work for the past year. It is a live 
body in some respects, and deserves to be patroned after by other 
churches. It is blessed because its membership is missionary, not 
only in name, but in fact. 

Gurley. — This church, located in a good community, is doing 
very well indeed. They have a good Sunday School with W. T. 
Roberts as superintendent, and corps of thirteen teachers and sixty* 
five students as average attendance. By reference to the financial 
table, you will <&e the secret of the great work they are doing. 
Special attention is called to the fact that eight out of the «ine 
baptised are from the Sunday School. This tells its own story, and 
needs no comment. 

Harmony.— This is a good working church, and while it has 
lost in membership, it has increa«ed in strength and purity. It has 
a good Sunday School, and is doing good work in this line. W. B. 
Campbell is the superintendent and W. L. Crawford, the Moderator 
of the Association, is the pastor. 

Hale's Cove. — This church has done very well during the year. 
They have made a gain of eleven members, and that, too, as it ap- 
pears, without the aid of a prayer meeting or Sunday School. There 
are two ordained ministers in this church, and yet they have not for 
five years attended the Association. Please come to Gurley next 
year. Let us see every preacher in the Association at that meeting. 
Will you not be there ? 

Harris' Chapel. — This is a small church near Carpenter, on 
the south side of the river, but no letter reaching the Association, 
it is not known, what the membership is. L. J. Langston is the pas- 
tor, and has done faithful work. 

Holly Springs. — This is a small church out on the mountain, not 
far from Limrock, and this is its first time to be in the Association. 
W. A. Pigg is the pastor, and is doing a great work out in the out- 
lying territory. 

Jones' Cove. — This is a small church, in a cove south of the 
Tennessee river, and does not appear that they have been doing 
anything, not even sending anything for the cause of missions, hence 
the cold condition. C. T. Starkey is now pastor. 

Larkinville. — This is a small, struggling church, and has some 
good, faithful members, especially Mrs. Larkin, who has kept up a 
live Sunday School for a long time. God bless her in this work. 

Mountain Grove. — This church was not represented for some 
years by delegates or by letter, hence we are glad to have her with 
us again in the person of her delegates. Her letter shows this 
church has not been idle. D. S. Collins is the pastor. 

Mt. Nebo. — This is a good, strong church, but from some cause 
has not gone forward. The pastor, W, L. Crawford, has done 






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good work, and if all the members had been as faithful as he, we 
feel that the n/ort would have been more encouraging. 

Mt. Zion. — L'his is another church over which W. L. Crawford 
has had the ov '-sight. They have had good meetings and some in- 
crease in mem >ers, but have had no Sunday School. They could 
keep up a goov. one if they would try. 

Mt. Pisgai — This is one of the model churches in the Associa- 
tion. This ch rch keeps up a good Sunday School and prayer meet- 
ing, and if you will examine the financial table, you will learn some- 
what of a lesson. There is no disobeying the word of God in this 
church, hence they go forward. John T. Richard is the superin- 
tendent, and a i average of sixty in attendance, which speaks well 
for said churcl;. 

Mt. Arab > t. — This church is in a very good condition, but for 
oes not meet with the Association as often as the 
like. Brethren, come. "Wake up to the fact that 
of reunion are pleasant and beneficial. 
McCoy's ( iove. — This is a small church south of the river. 
They have he n somewhat unfortunate in the past in selecting a 
preacher, bui f hi6 has all been righted, and now it is hoped they 
will move alor j all right, for out of our afflictions come great good. 
Mt. Tabo — This church asked to be dismissed to join an 
Association more convenient, North Alabama. We regiet to part 
with these good brethren who have been with us so long. But if 
for the good of the cause, we say good bye, and God bless you in 
your new relations. 

New Hopk. — This is one of the oldest churches in the Associa- 
tion, and otfght to lead in good work. They have a good member- 
ship, but havt contributed nothing in the way of missions, hence 
their down-hii, life. 

— This is a small church with a mind to work. It 

>r for a part of the year, Cat Smith, who did good 

e left we hare preaching only occasionally, and 

do so much as heretofore. "We have a good Sunday 

making an effort to do more in the future. 

>n. — This is a new church, organized December 1, 

mposed of seventy-two members, thirty of whom 

gah Church. It is hoped that much good will be 

f this church, and that they will all honor God in 

imandments. 

^his is another one of the oldest churches. It has 

e of its members. This affliction ought to arouse 

o greater efforts to build up the cause- One of the 

ed deserves special mention, Thomas Bingham, who 

ed and one years and six days old when he died — 

ng life. 

is church lost two of its members by death. You 

he obituary report for their names, God directs all 



Scottsboe 
has had a past 
work. Since 
hence did not 
School, and ai 

Shipp of 7 
1891, and is c 
came from Pi 
the out come 
keeping His co i 

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the brethren ii 
members that d 
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for good, hence we expect great good to come to this church and 
community in accepting the will of God. 

EBEKEZER.-Has not been represented in so long that we are not 
informed as 1o her condition. ■■ _ , . 

Tunnel Hn. L .-Thi S is a church in Marion County, Tenn., but 
always send in their letter, but seldom are represented by delegates 
They are a good set of brethren, and it is desired they be with us 

° fte In' conclusion, allow me to urge upon those who art > ap- 
pointed by the churches, as delegates to the Association, that it ig 
their duty to attend. Hoping that the attendance next year will be 
better than in the past, I am, respectfully, ^ ^^ ^^ 



REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON BIBLE AND COLPORTAGE WORK. 

Your Committee on Bible and Colportage Work, beg leave to 

8Ub We' find Q ^tgeXfe : Convention has appointed a board of 
eleven men to operate this work in the State. This board is located 
Vt Onerika Ala and J. B. Collier is its Secretary. They have been 
l?kTn h g k a'btu?*'t a hree J years, during which time they have worked 
about twelve colporturs for all or part of their time, mese men 
have S been employed as missionaries for the Associations, 
and hf?e been furnished with books by the Bible and Colportage 
Board The policy of the board is to work principally in the coun- 
fry and in those parts where the people have the least ^ Pleaching 
Thev have -enerall v done from three to four thousand dollars worth 
of busings a vear. This board is also agent for Sunday Schoo 
Hterature They furnish the schools with literature at publishers 
prTces and with whatever kind they want, ei her the convention 
series or those of the American Publication bociety. . ihe co ^ n , 
H«i »f FnfalTlast vear asked the denomination to furnish this board 
^Hmii^^h^more effectually operate their work We 
Tre sorv to say that only about $600 of this sum has been raised; so 
?he boaVd has been hampered and fettered for the wan of funds, and 
[hue ,£ept from Accomplishing the amount of good that would have 

^^SlurUier that the work proposed by the board is Home 
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good work, and if all the members had been as faithful as he, we 
Feel that the report would have been more encouraging. 

Mt. Zion. — This is another church over which W. L. Crawford 
has had the oversight. They have had good meetings and some in- 
crease in members, but have had no Sunday School. They could 
keep up a good one if they would try. 

Mt. Pisgah. — This is one of the model churches in the Associa- 
tion. This church keeps up a good Sunday School and prayer meet- 
ing, and if you will examine the financial table, you will learn some- 
what of a lesson. There is no disobeying th^ word of God in this 
church, hence they go forward. John T. Richard is the superin- 
tendent, and aa average of sixty in attendance, which speaks well 
for said church. 

Mt. Arab * . — This church is in a very good condition, but for 
some reason does not meet with the Association as often as the 
brethren woui-' like. Brethren, come. Wake up to the fact that 
these meetings of reunion are pleasant and beneficial. 

McCoy's Grove. — This is a small church south of the river. 
They have heon somewhat unfortunate in the past in selecting a 
preacher, but this has all been righted, and no w> it is hoped they 
will move along all right, for out of our afllictions come great good. 

Mt. Tabor. — This church asked to be dismissed to join an 
Association more convenient, North Alabama. We regiet to part 
with these good brethren who have been with us so long. But if 
for the good of the cause, we say good bye, and God bless you in 
your new relations. 

New Hope. — This is one of the oldest churches in the Associa- 
tion, and ought to lead in good work. They have a good member- 
ship, but have contributed nothing in the way of missions, hence 
their down-hill life. 

Scottsbor . — This is a small church with a mind to work. It 
has had a pa- tor for a part of the year, Cat Smith, who did good 
work. Since lie left we hare preaching only occasionally, and 
hence did no v do so much as heretofore. We have a good Sunday 
School, and a i making an effort to do more in the future. 

Shipp of Z on. — This is a new church, organized December 1, 
1891, and is o imposed of seventy-two members, thirty of whom 
came from T.sgah Church. It is hoped that much good will be 
the out come ^f this church, and that they will all honor God in 
keeping His commandments. 

Trenton— This is another one of the oldest churches. It has 
lost, by death, five of its members. This affliction onght to arouse 
the brethren into greater efforts to build up the cause. One of the 
members that died deserves special mention, Thomas Bingham, who 
was one hundred and one years and six days old when he died — 
a remarkably long life. 

Union. — This church lost two of its members by death. You 
are referred to the obituary report for their names, God directs all 



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for good, hence we expect great good to come to this church and 
community in accepting the will of God. 

Ebenezeb.-Hbs not been represented in so long that we are not 

informed as to her condition. « _ . > 

TotkS HiLL.-This is a church in Marion County Tenn., but 

alwavs send in their letter, but seldom are represented by delegates. 

They art a good set of brethren, and it is desired they be with us 

° fte In' conclusion, allow me to urge upon those who arc , ap- 
pointed by the churches, as delegates to the » Association, that it w 
their duty to attend. Hoping that the attendance next year will be 
better than in the past, I am, respectfully, ^ ^^ ehairman . 



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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON BIBLE AND COLPORTAGE WORK. 

Your Committee on Bible and Colportage Work, beg leave to 

8Ub We find^tLTafe 1 Conyention has appointed a board of 
eleye^ men to operatl this work in the State. This board is located 
at Ooerika Ala and J. B. Collier is its Secretary. They have been 
wkCg^ab^rree years, daring which time they have worked 
about twelve colporturs for all or part of their time, inese men 
have Znll been employed as missionaries for the Associations, 
anThfve Teei furnished with books by the Bible and Colportege 
Board The policv of the board is to work principally in the coun- 
r^ Q n' f l in those narts where the people have the least preaching. 
S'ev have genTraTv done from th?ee?o four thousand dollars worth 
of basinets a vear. This board is also agent for Sunday Schoo 
HterXre They furnish the schools with literature at publishers 
literature, xney "£ .. d they want either the convention 

SSffojUS nelreriSnPuonLtion Society. The convex 
Uon at Eufala last year asked the denomination to furnish this board 
wUh S4O0O wUh which to more effectually operate their work. We 
rre sorv Wsly thai only about $600 of this sum has been raised ; so 
?he board has y been hampered and fettered for the want of funds, and 
Ihus keS from accomplishing the amount of good that would have 

^ W^ntlurther that the work proposed by the board is Home 
Missionary work of the highest order; that they are endeavoring to 
reach that c\lm of people that needs help the most, and out of 
which the most^n be made. In view of the foregoing facte we 

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making contributions of funds at least once a year, to help on the 
great work. Third, that as soon as possible we employ a missionary 
and colporter to travel in the bounds of our Association and preach 
and sell g'ood books to our people, and that our prayers shall ascend 
to the throne continually ; that our Father in Heaven will crown the 
effort of our board with great success in its work of love. 

Respectfully submitted, 

V. Bouldin, Chairman. 



REPORT ON AB^OCIATIONAL MISSIONS. 

We, your Committee on Associational Missions, beg leave to 
submit the following report, to- wit : 

That we believe it to be the imperative duty of each church of 
Jesus, to preach the gospel to every creature in her immediate 
bounds, and then if she have licensed or ordained ministers, through 
them to preach to the destitute places near by, and as far off as she 
possibly can, aiding her preachers with her sympathy, prayer and 
contributions of such things as they need. Thus, a great deal of 
the destitution can be supplied, but in our opinion, there wi41 still 
remain destitution enough to require the time of at least one minis- 
ter to fill, and we therefore advise, that this Association do now in- 
struct her Executive Committee to, as soon as possible, look out and 
employ an able and faithful minister of the gospel, and put him in 
the field to supply such destitution, promising to co-operate with 
said committee in all necessary ways. 

J. J. Bkeson, Chairman. 



REPORT OP COMMITTEE ON STATE MISSIONS 

We, your Committee on State Missions, beg leave to report as 
follows: r 

Your committee finds a sad lack of proper interest in, and sup- 
port of State Missions, much the same as seems to prevail in other 
branches of mission work. We have no date from which to show 
the exact amount collected during the last year. Much of what has 
been given was contributed for missions generally. It is our in- 
formation that when so contributed and sent to the State Mission 
Board, It is equally divided between the State, Home and Foreign 
Missions. Owing to very great financial depression in different 
parts of the State, making it impossible to collect from them the 



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amounts usually given, the State Board is greatly in need of funds 
to prosecute the work. We think there is no branch of mission 
work that appeals to our churches more strongly than this. It is 
very truthfully said "that God is bringing the foreign nations to us, 
that they may be reached at home." We recommend that the pas- 
tors of the several churches adopt some systematic, regular method 
of obtaining contributions for missions, and would impress that the 
duty to press this cause on the people is the supreme duty of the 
hour; and we therefore recommend the adoption of the resolution 
herewith submitted as a part of this report : # 

Resolved, That it is the sense of this Association, that it is the 
duty of the pastors of the several churches in this Association, to take a 
collection for missions at least quarterly, by such methods as will reach the 
greatest number of the membership, and that it is further their duty to preach 
to their congregatians on the subject. >■ 

2. Resolved, further, That it is the sense of this Association, that the 
church; which being duly instructed on the subject of missions, and having 
the ability, refuses to contribute, has not the spirit of Christ. 

Virgil Bouldin, Chairman. 



REPORT. OF COMMITTEE ON HOME MISSIONS. 

Your Committe on Home Missions submit the following report : 
The territory of our home work extends from Maryland on the 
East to Texas on the West, both States inclusive, and from Missouri 
to Florida, both inclusive, together with the island of Cuba. Indi- 
ans of the Northwest, negroes of the South, foreigners who are set- 
tling in our loved Southland and the destitute parts of the territory 
covered by the Southern Baptist Convention. This is a magnificent 
field, prolific with all kinds of products, from the cot on fields, 
sugar and rice plantations of the South and West of this territory, 
from the corn and other cereals of the middle and center of this 
country, come the cotton, rice, sugar corn, wheat and, oats to feed 
the people ; and from the mines come the coal and iron that brings 
wealth and population. Here is the field of this board : Eternity 
can alone tell the results of the labors of this board. Thousands 
have been converted by its work, and thousands are to follow in 
their wake, and thank God for it. The march of civilization shows 
that the work of this board is being felt all along the line, and by 
it people are being lifted up and put upon a higher road of life. 
Mission work ganerally has grown rapidly for the past few years, 
but the Home Board work is now doing a wonderful work in Cuba,' 
especially under the guidance of that most wonderful man, Alberto 
Dias. This should impress us to mjve out, go forward and do more 
for this board in the future tha»e have been doing in the past. 
We think it necessarv to call .the^Bention of the people to the fact 
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making contributions of funds at least once a year, to help on the 
great work. Third, that as soon as possible we employ a missionary 
and colporter to travel in the bounds of our Association and preach 
and sell good books to our people, and that our prayers shall ascend 
to the throne continually ; that our Father in Heaven will crown the 
effort of our board with great success in its work of love. 

Respectfully submitted, 

V. Bouldin, Chairman. 



REPORT ON ASSOCIATIOVAL MISSIONS. 

We, your Committee on Associational Missions, beg leave to 
submit the following report, to- wit: 

That we believe it to be the imperative duty of each church of 
Jesus, to preach the gospel to every creature in her immediate 
bounds, and then if she have licensed or ordained ministers, through 
them to preach to the destitute places near by, and as far off as she 
possibly can, aiding her preachers with her sympathy, prayer and 
contributions of such things as they need. Thus, a great deal of 
the destitution can be supplied, but in our opinion, there wiJl still 
remain destitution enough to require the time of at least one minis- 
ter to fill, and we therefore advise, that this Association do now in- 
struct her Executive Committee to, as soon as possible, look out and 
employ an able and faithful minister of the gospel, and put him in 
the field to supply such destitution, promising to co-operate with 
said committee in all necessary ways. 

J. J. Bkeson, Chairman. 



REPORT OP COMMITTEE ON STATE MISSIONS 

We, your Committee on State Missions, beg leave to report as 
follows: 

Your committee finds a sad lack of proper interest in, and sup- 
port of State Missions, much the same as seems to prevail in other 
branches of mission work. We have no date from which to show 
the exact amount collected during the last year. Much of what has 
been given was contributed for missions general lv. It is our in- 
formation that when so contributed and sent to the State Mission 
Board, It is equally divided between the State, Home and Foreign 
Missions. Owing to very great financial depression in different 
parts of the State, making it impossible to collect from thorn the 



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amounts usually given, the State Board is greatly in need of funds 
to prosecute the work. We think there is no branch of mission 
work that appeals to our churches more strongly than this. It is 
very truthfully said "that God is bringing the foreign nations to us, 
that they may be reached at home." We recommend that the pas- 
tors of the several churches adopt some systematic, regular meth0(l 
of obtaining contributions for missions, and would impress that the 
duty to press this cause on the people is the supreme duty of the 
hour; and we therefore recommend the adoption of the resolution 
herewith submitted as a part of this report : 

Resolved, That it is the sense of this Association, that it is the 
doty of the pastors of the several churches in this Association, to take a 
collection for missions at least quarterly, by such methods as will reach the 
greatest number of the membership, and that it is further their duty to preach 
to their congregatians on the subject. . 

2. Resolved, further, That it is the sense of this Association, that the 
church; which being duly instructed on the subject of missions, and haying 
the ability, refuses to contribute, has not the spirit of Christ. 

" Virgil Bouldin, Chairman. 



REPORT, OF COMMITTEE ON HOME MISSIONS. 

Your Committe on Home Missions submit the following report : 
The territory of our home work extends from Maryland on the 
East to Texas on the West, both States inclusive, and from Missouri 
to Florida, both inclusive, together with the island of Cuba. Indi- 
ans of the Northwest, negroes of the South, foreigners who are set- 
tling in our loved Southland and the destitute parts of the territory 
covered by the Southern Baptist Convention. This is a magnificent 
field, prolific with all kinds of products, from the cot on fields, 
sugar and rice plantations of the South and West of this territory, 
from the corn and other cereals of the middle and center of this 
country, come the cotton, rice, sugar corn, wheat and ,oats to feed 
the people ; and from the mines come the coal and iron that brings 
wealth and population. Here is the field of this board : Eternity 
can alone tell the results of the labors of this board. Thousands 
have been converted by its work, and thousands are to follow in 
their wake, and thank God for it. The march of civilization shows 
that the work of this board is being felt all along the line, and by 
it people are being lifted up and put upon a higher road of life. 
Mission work ganerally has grown rapidly for the past few years, , 
but the Home Board work is now doing a wonderful work in Cuba, 
especially under the guidance of that most wonderful man, Alberto 
Dias. This should impress us to move out, go forward and do more 
for this board jn the future than we have been doing in the past. 
We think it necessary to call .the attention of the people to the fact 
that this field is much larger than many think, and its work greatly 



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misunderstood. Let us see to it that our people are better Informed 
upon the subject ot this field and the work of the Home Board. 

Respectfully submitted, 

John H. Roach, Chairman. 



FOBEIGN MISSIONS. 

Your Committee on Foreign Missions beg to submit the follow- 
ing report : 

The Foreign Mission Board, in their annual report before the 
Southern Baptist Convention, submitted very encouraging reports 
from the foreign fields. As a result of the last year's labors, they 
received by experience and baptism nearly five hundred, and raised 
on the field for mission work, over $3,000, which was over $1.00 per 
member for the entire membership of the churches. We should let 
those notions teach us along this line. There were many noble, 
consecrated men, women and organizations whom God had blessed 
with this world's goods, who, aside from their regular contributions, 
have contributed about $12,000 to this work. The Women's Auxiliary 
to the Southern Baptist Convention contributed $25,040.27 to the 
Foreign Missionary work. The littie sun beams contributed 
$3,713.72. This amount alone came from the little girls and boys. 
The little Sun Beam Society will undertake to support one of the 
one hundred new missionaries that are to be sent out this centennial 
year. Twenty-one new missionaries have been sent and twenty more 
ready to be sent, who will go real soon during the last conventional 
year. The receipts of the last conventional year amounted to 
$114,325.00, which was the largest sum ever contributed before, 
during one year, in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention. 
The work was enlarged more than their contributions. When teem- 
ing millions are dying without the gospel, and consecrrated men and 
women have offered their services, to take to them the bread and the 
water of life, they cannot refuse to bid them go. Italy, Brazil, 
Mexico, Japan, China and Africa all have faithful men looking to 
the East for light, and to-day, like the wise men of oid, they see a 
star in the heavens which is a token to them of better things. • The 
Southern Baptist Convention, stirred with new zeal, suggests that 
this year, which is the centennial of modern missionaries, we, as Bap- 
tists, put one hundred new missionaries in the field. Brethren, shall 
we do it? Let every man, woman and child, who loves the Lord, 
say, by the help and grace of God, we will. And to do this, everv 
man, woman and child, who claim to be Missionary Baptists, should 
contribute something for the mission work. When all the people 
of God shall feel that the Lord means me, and undertakes the work 






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for him, the floods of darkness shall roll hack as doth the thundering 
cloud, and the peaceful, gentle smile of a Savior's love, shall be seen 
in every land and home, and all shall come together and our God 

shall sway the scepter over all the earth. . 

" r W. B. Ivet, Chaairman. 



REFOBT OK MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

We find, by reading God's word, that it is our duty to prepare 
for any work that the Master, in his Wisdom, sees fit to assign us. I 
cannot see how a warrior can fight without being furnished with 
the implements of warfare. Therefore we are all soldiers for Christ, 
fighting his battles— his battles, not alone, but accompanied by our 
great captain— and we hear him whispering : "Study, to show thy- 
self approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed 
rightly dividing the word of trnth." This we believe waa spoken 
for the benefit of the laymen, as well as the ministry, and applies to 
all in a general sense, as well as to "Search the Scriptures, for in 
them ye think ye have eternal life." So we see that it is the Fath- 
er's pleasure that we all should learn of Christ and of His word. We 
cannot take the yoke of the blessed Jesus upon us, and learn of Him 
as He has commanded us. without studying his blessed word, and 
this is the duty of all. But after a close investigation of the matter, 
we see that the herald of the word of life must be shod with ^a 
preparation of the gospel. It is true that the Creator has placed in 
our hands the grandest weapon of warfare conceivable to the eye 
of man, which is sharper than any two-edged sword, but at the same 
time He does not mean for us to let it rust in our hands, but de- 
mands that we should handle the golden sabre, that it may shine 
brighter and brighter until the perfect day, God has given His ser- 
vants, whom He has called to this peculiar work, the mighty sword, 
which is his word, and also an intellect which serves as a strong 
arm with which to wield it. And he also tells him to thrust in his 
sickle and reap. The sickle is keen and mighty, and if the arm is not 
strong the harvester cannot reap much ; and brethren, where we find 
in our premises anv weak arms in which this weapon is placed, it is 
our duty to assis* in strengthening them. We should contribute onr 
means, and assist such a one in acquiring an education. Not that we 
want to educate them to make preachers, but to educate them be- 
cause they are preachers. The Tennessee Biver Association needs 
an educated ministry, and this, by the assistance Of the Spirit of the 
Master, would lead us on step by step to complete success. Brethren, 
I candidly believe that in uneducated minds, that are striving to 
prepare themselves for the work, and we will not help them, is * here 
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unto him. False doctrines are makingtheir inroads upon us and we 
need more men who can defend us and ours. Brethren, let us do our 
duty in this regard and God will give us an educated ministry. 

C. T. Starkey, Chairman. 



REPORT ON MINISTERIAL RELIEF. 

Your Committee on Ministerial Relief make this report: 
We are taught that the gospel is the power of God unto salva- 
tion unto everyone that belie veth ; that men and women are brought 
to a knowledge of. their condition through the instrumentality of 
the gospel preached to them, attended by the Holy Ghost; and 
we are further taught that those who preach the gospel shall live 
off the gospel. Hence your Committee would report that it is the 
imperative duty of the churches to look after the interest of those 
they send out as evangelists or missionaries. We are under obliga- 
tions to look after the interests of ther families and to see that their 
children are properly fed, clothed and educated. In the opinion of 
your Committee, their interests have been too much neglected in 
the past; therefore we earnestly appeal to the churches of our 
Association to be zealous in their duties in this direction. 

Respectfully submitted, 

R. Howell, Chairman. 



REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOL WORK. 

Your Committee on Sunday School Work submit the following 
report : v 

After all that has been said on this important subject, we 
find that many of the churches of this Association are without 
regularly organized Sunday Schools. How to remedy this evil, is a 
question not easily answered. There are many difficulties in the 
way. Our churches, or most of them, are in the country, with a 
membership scattered from the church house to a distance of five or 
six miles. Some of them are very weak bodies ; few members, and 
many, though faithful christians, are poor, and have no conveyances 
for their families, with bad roads in the winter; and in addition to 
all this, there is a want of that deep interest that the importance of 
the subject demands. The best remedy that we can recommend is 
for the pastor and deacons of each church to urge the importance 
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themselves that they may grow in grace and the knowledge of our 
Lord Jesus Christ; and that it is their duty to teach their children 
in their early days the holy Scriptures, which are able to make them 
wise unto salvation through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ; and as 
this can be done easier by their organizing themselves into a Sun- 
day School and meeting every Lord's day and studying together 
and helping each other. Let them select from their members the 
most faithful to take the lead and to be superintendent, who will 
get just as many as can be had to agree to meet every Monday with 
the fixed determination, by God's help, to know no such word as 
fail. If every church can be induced to adopt some such plan as 
suggested, we believe that it will not be long before there will be a 
good school in all our churches ; and they will reap a reward for 
such labor, the blessings of our Father in Heaven. We recommend 
to the favorable condition of the schools now in operation, and all 
new ones which may be organized, the literature of our Sunday 
School Board located at.Chasville Temple. 

J. J. Beeson, Chairman. 



REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

Your Committee on Temperancd beg leave to submit the fol- 
lowing report: 

We are glad to have evidence of the advancement of the temper- 
ance cause, especially within the last few years within the bounds 
of the Tennessee River Association. And while we have found 
that the greater portion of this work is due to the efforts of Chris- 
tian people, at the same time we find that many who are not Chris- 
tians, have been instrumental in instilling into the minds of our 
people the necessity of temperance. While we find that temperance 
is approved by many who are not Christians, yet we find some who 
claim to be Christians, opposing temperance reform. We pray that 
God, by His Spirit, may convince them of their error, and that they 
may finally become strong workers in the suppression of this great 

evil. 

While believing that strong drink is the greatest evil that ex- 
ists in our country today, we would say that total abstinence from it 
is the only course that should be taken by those who are believers 
in Christianity, We therefore earnestly appeal to the churches of 
this Association to give their co-operation in ihe effort to destroy 
this great curse that poisons society and destroys much of the man 
and womanhood of our country. We find that this course is advo- 
cated by people in different parts of the country. We pray God 
that some of us, at, least, will live to see the day when each and 
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inind in aiding to put down this great evil, which is now, and has * 
been for the years past, dragging down our people, State and nation. 
May God hasten the time when liquor kings will not be permitted 
to sit back in their magnificent palaces and direct the ballot that de- 
bauches and curses the nation. 

Respectful ly submitted, 

P. G. Bouldin, Chairman. 



BEPORT ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION. 

"We, your Committee on Christian Education, beg leave to re- 
port as follows: 

It is often devoutly said that the only purpose of our divine 
Master in establishing His church in the world, was to unite his 
people in armies of action and spirit to the end, that the gospel 
might, be given to the world through all time, that thereby the 
world might believe and be saved. 

While this, in general times, probably covers the entire scope 
of the work of the church, yet it includes many branches of the 
work which cannot be neglected without falling far short of duty 
and threatening the life of the churches. 

Among these, is the duty of the churches to guard with zealous 
care the moral and spiritual interests of the church members in 
particular. But the work of the churches does not end here. We 
cannot, without falling short of the true conception of God's pur- 
pose in us, overlook the fact that the churches are in the world, and 
that the mission of the churches is to elevate and bless it. "Ye are 
the salt of the earth," "the light of the world," are loving distinctions 
of the Savior, which at the same time carry a weight of responsi- 
bility appreciated by those so honored Of God. The light that emi- 
nates from the churches should illuminate the paths of all men, 
making distinct and plain the pathway of duty through all the be- 
wildering deserts of life. It should make clear the way of right in 
all the complicated relations into whi'ch we are thrown in this 
world. It should lead us and all men to the fountain ever flowing 
for the thirsty one, and to the feast that is spread for the hungry, and 
of which, when a man eats and drinks, he is made strong for his 
work. In this broad view of the scope of the church work is that 
of preparing men and women for doing the most for .themselves, and 
for the world which their powers, when most fully developed, 
makes possible with them. It is not questioned by any one that the 
human mind and human heart are capable of growth ; that by 
activity and well directed discipline, the faculties of the mind are 
made strong by the same process that the arm of the woodsman is 
made strong by the use of the axe and the maul. It cannot be re» 



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garded as open to controversy that every one owes it to himself, to 
his neighbors and to his Creator to develop his mental powers to the 
highest point which their native capacity and his opportunities will 
admit. All, at least, silently consent to these propositions ; but all 
do not have the same real appreciation of their weight, is widened 
by the fact that all do not make the same heroic effort to attain them. 
All those who have kept an eye on the progress and attendance of 
schools and colleges, are familiar with the fact that many who attend 
are struggling through poverty, sometimes with families to support, 
and labor one part of the time for means to attend the other part, 
and thus battle on to success, while others, surrounded by beautiful 
farms, with no other care than of themselves and theirs, are unable 
to send to college by reason of inability. After all, it most depends 
upon the real estimate of the importance of an education on the part 
of individuals. Men generally seek that which, in their opinion, is 
most valuable or most needed. Hence we do not think words are 
thrown away seeking to impress that it is not only a Christian duty 
to educate the mind that God has given to the extent of our means 
and opportunities. 

"We are more and more impressed with the dangerous conse- 
quences to flow from the development of a part of the faculties of 
the soul to the neglect of the rest. The education of those powers 
which are purely intellectual, while those which may be said to 
constitute the moral sense are left to dwarf unheeded. The world is 
todav cursed with but few other,,things like it is with men whose 
intellects tower above the plain of humanity, but in whom the ten- 
der and noble sentiments, and the affections of the heart have known 
no care. To avert this result and insure the development of all the 
powers, mental and moral, so that the pupil is prepared to appreciate 
the good and true and be led to love and obey the author of all 
»ood. Christian schools have their great and exalted sphere in the 
work of the churches. We would say, in conclusion, that through 
a long chain of providences, we have been led into the central and 
into the great responsibility of maintaining a college to this end. 
No other Association in the State has as yet undertaken such a work, 
as we mav.be said to have cleared the way, and hence the more the 
importance of prosecuting to a greater and still greater success. The 
Scottsboro College and Normal School is ours. Every Baptist in 
Alabama, and especiallv in this Association, should feel a personal 
abiding interest in it ; that its success is my success, and its failure 
is our shame. It has commanded, and still commands, the strongest 
and most devoted toil of some of our most efficient brethren. It is 
rather Christian than strictly Sectarian in its management. Every 
member of the faculty is not only nominally, but really active 
Christian men and women, in whose hands our people Ynay confi- 
dently entrust their children with the assurance that every hours 
contact with them will enoble and exalt. We have every reason to 
feel proud of the success of the college, and should entertain the 
brightest hopes for the future. Under the wise and untiring efforts 






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of Bro. Iyey, it is fast being placed on a solid financial basis. Con- 
sidering the general depression of the country, which has very 
materially lessened the attendance in most of the colleges of the 
country, we may feel proud of the present enrollment. But we 
think our people could and should make it larger. The dormitories 
for girls will be finished m a few weeks. Prof. Bledsoe will have 
charge and we believe it will be a great step forward for the college. 
1 he college is becoming known throughout the country. The hi*h 
standard of its faculty, as well as splendid course of studv, is ffivina- 
it a prestige all over the State. There is some promise of co-opera? 
tion from other Associations, which we, your committe, believe is 
much to be desired, and we recommend that this Association en- 
courage, in all proper ways, the assistance and co-operation of other 
Associations. Respectfully submitted, 

Virgil Bouldin, Chairman, 

*k„ P^t^u 8 ? ™ Bolnti ° n verbally offered and adopted to invite 
the North Liberty, Mount Carmel and North Alabama Associations 
to meet this Association at such time and place as would be most 
convenient for the purpose of pooling their school interests; but in 
the haste of the closing hours, was not written out. This is mv 
recollection. Clerk 7 



REPORT ON WOMAN'S WORK. 

In the absence of, and at the request of Mrs. L. C. Coulson, 
Chairman of the Committee on Woman's Work, I submit the fol- 
lowing report: " 

m ^?^ D ^ fte ^ he , mee r ingof . the la8t A88 °ciation, the Committee 
met and effected a local organization, with Mrs. Cat Smith as presi- 
dent, with the other officers, secretary and treasurer. In the first 

E*2? r vl? dld g °,° d W0 / k in 8cott8b °rQ, and raised |14.85, nearlv 
f 15.00 This was alone from the Scottsboro Baptist Church. An 
industrious effort was made last and this year to induce the sister 
churches of the Association to engage in this work, but thevdid 
not respond, and they ceased the effort. Had these bodies continued 
their well-begun work, they would have secured at least $50.00 It 
is to be hoped that this year may yield a better harvest. 

Respectfully submitted, 

L. C. Coulson, For Committee. 



REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON MISSION WORK. 

Your Committee on Mission Work, as provided for under the 
resolution of Mike Hill, adopted at the last Association, requesting 



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that each ordained minister report his work for the year in the 
Association. The following have submitted their reports to the 
committee, which has been abreviated as follows, giving miles 
traveled, sermons preached, and compensation received : 
x C. Howell traveled 763 miles, preached sixty-five sermons, de- 
livered twelve exhortations, baptised twelve persons, and received 
1150.00. 

L. C. Coulson traveled 80 miles, preached fourteen sermons, 
four lectures, four Sunday School addresses, and paid $27.80 travel- 
ing expenses. This was my voluntary contribution to Associational 
mission work. 

J. M. Green traveled 20 miles, preached six sermons. This was 
voluntary mission work for Scottsboro Church. 

W. L. Crawford traveled 1695 miles, preached 149 sermons; and 
received $193.00. 

B. Howell traveled about 800 miles, preached seventy-six ser- 
mons, baptised nineteen persons, and received $17.00. 

S. M. Hastings traveled 400 miles, preached twenty sermons, 
and sixteen exhortations. This voluntary mission work by an aged 
minister. 

C. T. Starkev traveled about 900 miles, preached one hundred 
sermons, two Sunday School lectures, assisted in organizing one 
church, the ordination of two deacons, baptised thirtv-five persons, 
and received $28.30. 

J. J. Beeson traveled 1000 miles, preached seventy-five sermons, 
and received $120.00. 

W. B. Ivey traveled about 1200 miles, preached about one 
hundred sermons, besides Sunday School talks, and received $180. 

L. W. Sloan, during the year, traveled 600 miles, preached one 
hundred sermons, assisted in Organizing one church, preached four 
• funerals, baptised twelve persons, and received $15.00. 

We have only n»ne out of the twenty-five ordained ministers in 
the Association's reports. They make a very good showing, and if all 
had responded, the showing would have been very good. The 
strangest part of this matter is that the mover of the resolution. 
Mike Hill, failed to make any report. We must get out of this way 
of passing resolutions and taking voluntary obligations, unless we 
try in some way to comply with them. 

Bespectfully submitted, 

L. C. Coulson, For Committee. 



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REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 



We, your Committee, beg leave to submit the following 
report : 

In as much as we are urging our people to read, we desire,- 



—3d- 

i. To recommend the reading of the Holy Bible, as it is to be 
our only rule of faith and practice, and urge that it be accepted bv 
the whole Christian world as the basis of union. 

2. We would recommend the Alabama Baptist, the organ of 
the Alabama Baptist Convention, and while we believe there are 
other State, papers stronger than ours, still no paper can take the 
-place of the Alabama Baptist with a Baptist in Alabama. 

' 3. We recommend the Sunday School series of the Southern 
Baptist Convention to all our Sunday Schools as being thoroughly 
*' orthodox and ably edited. 

4. ^ We recommend "Our Home Field," the "Foreign Mission 
Journal," and the "State Mission Quarterly" as idispensible helps in 
• our mission work. 

6. We recommend the Bible Col portage Board as the proper 
place for procuring books, papers and periodicals. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. R. Ivey, Chairman. 

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REPORT OF COMMITTEE' ON OBITUARIES. 



, We, your Committee on Obituaries, beg leave to submit 
I that we hnd that from the letter of the churches that 24 
brethren and sisters have died since our last Association. 
^Antioch, Joe Hildrath; Beech Grove, Asa Mooney ; Centon- 
*,nial, W. R. Deathridge ; Charity, Jordan Vann ; Center Point, 
• J. A.L. Wynn; Freedom, Marion Carter; Friendship, Eliza 
,LoveJadjj, Thomas Webb and Elizabeth Bradford; Hale's 
CoveyTMsrrtha Jones ; Mountain Grove, Rosalia Crabtree ; Mt. 
Nebo, Jane Toney and Nancy Ann Kennedy ; Mt. Zion, Geor- 
gia Sublett; New Hope, Nancv Deavers;" Trenton, Thomas 
Bingham, Rebecca Bingham, N.*E. Flanagan, Tim Kilpatrick 
and Solomon Finly; Tnion, Harriet Honea; Tunnel Hill, 
Margaret Morgan and Elizabeth Moreland. The names of 
H. H. Horton and G. M. Honea are not in this report, because 
reported by special committee. We offer our sympathy to the 
bereaved; and to those who are soon to follow let us be up 
and doing, er'e our opportunity, like theirs to work for the 
Master, will be ended in death. M. Roach, Chairman. 



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REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE DEATH OF REVS. H. H. HORTON 

AND G. M. HOKEA. 

Eev. Henry Hollis Horton died in Bridgeport, Jackson 
County, Alabama, on the 22d day of June, 1892. 

Rev. George M. Honea died at his home, near Garth, 
Jackson County, Alabama, on the 5th day of April, 1892. 



We extend our sympathy and condolence to the bereaved 
families of our brothers, and reter them to Rev , xiv, 13. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. H. Roach, Chairman. 



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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON FINANCE. 

Your Committee on Ficance beg leave to submit the following 

report : 

That the following churches have sent up the amounts placed 
opposite their names to pay for the printing of the Minutes, to-wit : 
Ahtioch, 85c; Beech Grove, $1.25; Bethel, 60c; Cave Springs, $1.00 ; 
Centennial, 55c ; Charity, $1.50 ; Cumberland Mountain, 75c ; Center 
Point, $1.05; Freedom, $2,00; Friendship, $1.75; Gurley, 2.00; 
Hale's Cove, $1.20 ; Harmony, $1.25 ; Jones' Cove, $1.75 ; Larkinville, 
50c; Mt, Nebo, $2.00; Mt. Zion, $1.00; Pisgah, $1.60; McCoy's 
Grove, 75c ; Mountain Grove, 85c ; New Hope, $1.25 ; Scottsboro, 
$2.50 ; Trenton, $1.00 ; Union, 85c ; Holly Springs, 50c ; Shipp of 
Zion, $1.20 ; Tunnel Hill, $1.60. Total, $32.10. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Milton Roach, Chairman, 



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treasurer's report. Dr. 

To amount from Friendship Church $28 59 

" " Mt. Zion " , 6 00 

" " Gurley " 8 47 

u " Freedom " [ • 8 50 

" " Pisgah " 13 28 

" u Harmony " 800 

" " Scottsboro " ' ." " 52 85 

" " Bethel " ;. . i 45 

Cash Collection on Sunday 28 13 

$155 27 
Cr. 

By amount sent W. B. Crumpton $133 25 

" " paid L. C. Coulson 10 00 

* " cash on hand 12 02 

$155 27 
Bespectfully submitted, 

MiLToj* Roach, Treasurer, 










1NPEX. 

Officers of Association *■ 

Executive Board 

Order of Business 2 

Standing (Jomniittee * 

Introductory Sermon 3 

Call to Order > * 

Call for Church Letters J 

Delegates by Churches » 

Ministerial Delegates « 

Election of Officers 5 and 6 

Petitionary Letters - • • 

Visitors Invited to Seats jj 

Order of Business Suspended ....." 

Piearable and Kenolution— B. and C. Work. 6 

Special Committees . » ' 

Report of Committee on Preaching 7 

Adjournment 7 

Convened - *•'• • * 

Appointment of Executive Boaid 7 

Standing Committees— 189^-'93 7 and 8 

Place of next Meeting 8 

Sermon for 893 • • • : j[ 

Report of Associations! Letters ' [-* 

Special Order _* ■ • * I 8 

Preaching by Gupton ° and 9 

Mt. Tabor Dismissed : 9 

Report on Associational Missions 10 

" " State Missions 

. " " Home Missions 10 

Suspension "Of Order to Elect Preacber 10 

Adjournment 10 

Report of Preaching Committal 10 

Convened . . . . : 10 

Report on Ministerial Education 10 

Report on Ministerial Relief |0 

Preaching Sunday ... 10 and |2 

Report on Sunday School Work J* 

Report on Denominational Education il2 

Adjourned and Reconvened 12 

Report on Temperance • *2 

" « Woman's Work 12 

" « Obituaries 13 

" " Periodicals If 

" " Finance • ■ • J 3 

" of Treasurer 13 

" " Obituaries of Horton and Honea 13 

Change Time of Meeting 13 

Delegates S. B. C | 3 

Ala. B. C. . . . . ; •'•••• |3 

" Sister Associations 13 

Resolutions .- 13 and 17 

Adjournment sine die .., 1* 

Ordained Ministers 1** 



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CHUKOHKS. 



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PASTOK: 



Antioch 

Beech Grove 

Bethel 

Centennial 

Cave Spring 

Charitv 

Cumberland Mt'fl 

Center Point 

Freedom 



Friendship 

Gurley 

Harmony — . — 

Hales Cove 

Harris' Chapel., . 

Holly Springs 

Jones' Cove 

Larkinville 

Mountain Grove. 

Mt. Nebo 

Mt.Zion 

Alt. Pisgah 

Mt. Ararat 

McCoy's Grove.. . 

New Hope 

Scottsboro 

Shipp of Zion 

Trenton 

Union 

Ebenezcr 

Tunnel Hill 



Jackson, Ala. 



Madison, * 
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Madison, 
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Marion. Tenn 



C. B. Roach . . . 

C. Howell 

J. J. Beeson... 
It. Howell... . 

R. Howell 

A. J. Parker . . 
Henry Knight. 
C. B. Roach... 
W. B.Ivey .... 
J. J. Beeson . . . 
L. W. Sloan... 
W.L. Crawford 
W. A. Pigg.... 
J. A. Langs ton 
W. A, Pigg.... 
C. T. Starkey.. 

P. Brown 

I>. S.Collins... 
W.L. Crawford 
W.L. Crawford 
J. J. Beeson. . . 
J. W. lsbel .... 
C. ¥. Starkey. . 

R. Howell 

W. B. Ivey 
C. T. Starkey. . 

L.W- Sloaii... 



P. G. Manning 



CL.ERK. 



J. F. McCarroll 
E.J.D.Keimedy 
Jno. P. Bryant 
W. M. Knight. 
Isaac Mathews 
H. A. Cagle . . . 
John Sanders. . 
W. O. Thorp . . 
J.T. Hinshaw. 
J. B. Campbell 
W.T. Roberts. 
Jno. G Sanders 
J. L. Jones . . . 
S.P. Gandston . 
G W.Thompson 
AV.B. Wheeler 
Fi. P, Cowart.. 
W.M.Williams 
WHWilliAins'n 
C. R. Flowers. 
W. D. Korex . . 
Jno. Barclay. . 
J. H. Caperton 
J. F. Terry.. 
V. Bouldjn.. 
T. P. Patterson 
J. A. Flanagan 
H. A. Rowdon . 



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Gurley, "* 

Mud Creek, "• 
Paint Rock, "• 
Long Island, " 
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Pisgah, u 

Larkinville, u 
Graysburg, u 
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KirbyCreek, " 
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Lirarock. * 
Fabius, • " 
Coffey'sStore 14 
Scottsboro, u 
Bellfonte. tt 
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Seven members missing. 

Twenty -two members not accounted for. 

Four members not accounted for. ^ 



There was no letter from this church reached the c !erk. 
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Note by th* Clerk— In examining the above table you will find that the increase is 56, acording to the reports, You see the necessity of sending in reports by the blanks. 
Let lis have all in 1893.